Sep 8, 2021
Why I Don’t Go for Multivitamins
Would it surprise you if I told you that multivitamins are a complete waste of your time and money? Believe it or not, that’s exactly what science says.
Supposedly, multivitamins give your body the nutrients it’s missing for good health. That’s why you see a long list of vitamins and minerals on the label, from vitamin C to magnesium. Unfortunately, these mega-pills aren’t as amazing as they claim.
1. Most Multivitamins Don’t Actually Do Anything
If you’re looking for multivitamins to improve your health, you may be looking in the wrong place. According to research by Johns Hopkins Medicine, taking a multivitamin doesn’t actually reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, memory loss, mental decline, or heart attacks. It’s won’t help you live longer, either.
2. Multivitamins Don’t Help You Where You Need It
As one actress said: “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.” Even though multivitamins toss tons of nutrients at you, they don’t solve the health issues that bother you. Let me give you an example. Imagine you accidentally cut your arm. So, you whip out your trusty box of bandages to stop the bleeding. But instead of bandaging the cut, you stick Band-aids on your forehead, your toes, your legs, your shoulders — everywhere except the spot you really need it!
3. Megadose Multivitamins Can Actually Hurt You
Have you even wondered why some multivitamins include crazy numbers like 1000% of the recommended daily value? Usually, it’s to impress consumers. There’s no need for most people to get more than 100% of the daily value. In fact, taking too many B vitamins can hurt your immune system and nerves, potentially leading to nerve damage. Too much vitamin A, vitamin D or vitamin E can trigger serious issues with blood clotting and organ damage.
4. You Can’t Always Trust the Label
The FDA doesn’t check vitamin labels for accuracy. That means that some multivitamins may be lying about what’s inside and how much — and getting away with it! The only way to be sure is to look for independent lab testing from a trustworthy organization.
Don’t get me wrong — your body does need essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, healthy fats and other nutrients. But there are much better ways to get them.
Get most of your nutrients from a healthy diet. There's just no replacing the health benefits of delicious foods packed with nutrients. Fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and proteins are scientifically proven to have benefits for your heart, brain, gut, eyes, joints and more. Natural vitamins work together for greater effects.
Take the vitamins your doctor recommends. If you're not getting enough of a certain vitamin, just take that vitamin! For example, people who don't spend enough time in the sun may need a vitamin D supplement. Senior adults often benefit from calcium supplements. But that doesn't mean you need to go crazy with megadose multivitamins.
Choose a supplement for your specific problem. For example, if you’re having trouble sleeping, you don’t need all vitamins from A to Z. You need specific nutrients that help you sleep better, such as vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and melatonin. Certain plants also have beneficial compounds for improving sleep quality, including valerian root.
Following these tips can save you money. It can also help you find real relief for joint pain, increase your energy levels and make you happier.
Category: Super Foods